Love South of the River – great ideas for date night in South London

When it comes to igniting the romance, south London has lots to offer. The combination of love and food is a match made in heaven, right? Here are just a few cherry picked date ideas in South London which includes Croydon, Wandsworth, Clapham Junction, Balham and Streatham – to name a few.

Croydon

It would seem too obvious to say Box Park as it’s the new kid on the block. A stroll down South Croydon’s restaurant quarter lets you know there is much more to offer. Combine drinks at playgroud cocktail bar with a meal at Yumn Brasserie. At a higher price point, Yumn Brasserie is a special occasion type of place.

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Alternatively there’s Brasserie Vacherin,  a french brasserie that’s headed up by an award-winning chef. They have a set 4-course Valentine’s menu that’s sure to impress.

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Balham

Enjoy dinner and a movie at The Exhibit. They screen a selection of independent films here and are just about to revamp their food menu.

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If it’s just a drink you’re after then check out Lost and Found Bar where they have 2-4-1 cocktails every day from 5 – 9pm.

For a relaxed daytime date, try The Devonshire Pub. We hear from our trusted foodie friends that it serves up some lovely food here too.

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Battersea

Rent some Santander bikes and cycle to Battersea park. Explore the vastness of the park whilst taking in spectacular views of the Thames. If you’re feeling adventurous then ditch the bikes and give Go Ape a go or if you want to get competitive, try Putt in the park. Be sure to end your day in The Latchmere for a hearty meal.

Alternatively if you really want to bond why not check out the exhilarating exit games, Hostage Hide Out currently running at The Grove Pub.

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If you want to stand out then why not spend it at Le QuecumBar where you can enjoy live gypsy jazz music, different but so good!

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Brixton

Meander through Brixton village but don’t spend too much time trying to make a decision on where to eat. Take a seat at Senzala Creperie

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Complete your date by getting competitive over a game of plonk crazy golf or if you fancy it, on Sunday you can belt out some reggae classics at Reggaeoke at The Ritzy.

Clapham Common

Take a stroll on the common then make a vow to come back to exercise the next week together after watching all those crazy fit people lunging across the green. If it gets too cold then duck into Madeleine  – a cosy and cute French café and a firm favourite of the locals with a range of sweet treats.

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Fancy something more than coffee and cake? Just across the road is Metro. Whether it’s the secret garden, a great hang out in the summer evenings under their twinkling lights or their beanbag cinema, the Metro is a great spot to visit.  They’ve got lots always going on so follow them on Facebook to keep in the loop, otherwise head there for brunch one weekend.

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Clapham Junction

Start at the beautiful Little Bird restaurant. Their interior decor is stunning and the food is just as good. Whether you head there for dinner or brunch, with fresh asian-inspired food we’re sure there’s something that will tick the boxes.

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If you however fancy something more chilled and inexpensive then try Franco Manca on Northcote road. You can’t go wrong with some Neapolitan-style sourdough pizzas!

Follow that up with heading down to the Four Thieves for some time at their arcade upstairs. The retro gaming will evoke some childhood memories! Game on!

 Crystal Palace

Discover Crystal Palace. More green space to walk around and more great places to eat at like The Crystal Palace Market or The Exhibition rooms. Take your pick…

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Then there’s Westow House with a real vintage and snug feel. Head here for some lunch and then break out your skills on one of their board games, Foosball or 1950’s Pinball Machine!

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Peckham

Peckham is the cool kids playground.

Head for dinner at the Peckham Bazaar. As they put it, ‘it’s Eastern Mediterranean charcoal grilled goodness’.

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For drinks and music afterwards, why not pop into John the Unicorn.

Of course, we can’t miss off the Bussey Building. Check out their calendar of events to get inspired and be sure to visit the rooftop in the summer for drinks or the cinema nights – magic!

Putney

Walk along the river hand in hand from Battersea park down to Putney and gaze out at the twinkling lights as you cross Putney bridge then grab yourself a well deserved drink  on the way back at The Toy Shop. (2-4-1 cocktails from 5 – 8pm Sunday -Friday). Try the Swizzle Dizzle – House infused Havana 3yr rum blend, swizzled with mango, agave nectar, citrus and a natural cup of fix and foam.

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Feeling hungry? Roxi Steak is the perfect spot.

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Streatham

Once labelled as Britain’s scruffiest high street, it’s now cited as the next hot spot for home buyers. The restaurants are starting to reflect that too with Hood – a modern British restaurant and a firm favourite of the locals – dotted along it. It’s got that cute and cosy feel. A nice spot for a date night if you live around this area and don’t want to head into the city. (Closed on Mondays)  Team the date with a drink at Streatham Wine House, just a few doors down.

Alternatively, a local favourite is Hideaway for live jazz, soul and funk accompanied by great food.

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Tooting

If you fancy something quirky then it’s got to be The Imperial Durbar. You can mix your own spirits with the Bar Wallahs on hand to help or make your way to the back to a vintage telephone to dial in your food order. It’s linked to the Cardamon Club and comes through served on plates – sweet!

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Wandsworth

Stepping off the train at Wandsworth Town, you enter into what can only be described as a city village. Chit Chaat Chai have made it their home bringing us delicious Indian street food. If you’re looking for food flavour explosion then this is it. We love how they always have an artist in residence and play hip hop music, it’s a cool casual spot for a date. They also host many events throughout the year, so if you fancy something more hands-on for your date then look out for their masterclasses.

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West Norwood/Tulse Hill

Not what you’d think of straight away as your typical destination for a date but if you live in the vicinity then there are some great places right on your doorstep to explore whether that’s for dinner, lunch or a drink:

The Garden Gastro Bar in West Norwood is family run and specialises in Italian cuisine.

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Just minutes from the Tulse hill station you have the Tulse hill hotel, an ‘award winning gourmet bolthole’.

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For something more casual, try checking out The Railway Tavern. With lots of comfy sofas, it’s a great place to hang out, grab a drink or listen to live music.

Wimbledon

Love sushi? A great addition to Wimbledon that comes highly recommended by our friends there is SticksnSushi for its great atmosphere and amazing food.

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Any day can be Valentine’s day! Do you know of any places in South London that are perfect for a date? Drop us an email at croydonfoodies@gmail.com
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